Summer is mostly a time for trekking from the beach to the fish & chip shop, an expedition that doesn’t require shoes. However, there are those moments that call for footwear other than thongs, for which we have compiled a list of the most comfortable and breathable shoes we can think of to get you through the warmer months.
As essential to the weekend as brunch and beers, low line canvas lace-ups are easy to slip on for a stroll to the beach or pub.
Begin with a staple all-white pair that can be matched with a white tee and cuffed beige chinos. For smart causal attire, pair your navy suit (cuffed at the ankles) with your lace-ups, a tonal patterned shirt (unbuttoned at the collar) and a straw fedora to finish.
Feeling edgy? Now is the time to start adding colour and texture to your sneaker collection. We love a navy pair of sneakers with a tan suede heel and rounded laces for a street-inspired look. For those who enjoy the bigger and bolder side of life, go all out and invest in a solid red colour. These shoes should be worn more like an “accessory.” for example- paired with a plain tee and navy chino shorts.
Whether you own a yacht, a dingy or even a bike, boat shoes are instant hit for every outfit. They add an effortless smart-casual appeal and allow you to get creative with colour and designs.
Backyard BBQ’s are the ideal occasion to crack out your newest pair of boat shoes. Opt for plain cobalt blue chino shorts and a digi-print floral shirt. Finish off the look with tan boat shoes for something that is fresh and a modern take on an iconic Australian look.
Find yourself drawn towards the causal-prep niche? A red blazer, wide blue striped shirt and deep navy chino shorts are just begging for a pair of chocolate brown boat shoes. You can sub the striped shirt for a polo patterned with a geo print if it’s particularly hot outside.
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Suede brogues or Derby shoes
Summer’s answer to classic leather brogues, the suede derby shoe is there for you when it comes to formal events. Comfortable to wear due to the perforated design (which offers much-needed ventilation), look for a pair in a taupe, camel or light chestnut colour as these are the most versatile styles. Before you take your brogues on their maiden voyage, ensure you protect them with an appropriate suede protector that will ensure their longevity.
These shoes look best when paired with a slimmer silhouette, so think of slim fit chinos and tailored blazers. Finish the look with a gingham shirt and a bright pocket square for a polished appeal that can be dissembled for Friday nights after work.
Your weekend outfit should include a tapered pair of maroon chino shorts, a blue button down shirt and taupe derbies. Adding a chambray shirt and felt fedora adds a modern edge to the style.